I have a 2006 Ion with a very similar problem. When it is cold outside the car will not start, there is no noise or sound coming from the engine compartment. All of the cars electronics work, radio, power windows, dash lights, and a strong beam of light from the headlights. I took the battery to Kragen for testing and they said the battery was good.
I have been reading online about similar problems people are experiencing. I may be wrong on this, but from what I have read online, the ignition lubricant gunks up when it is cold and prevents the security system from recognizing the key in the ignition. When that happens the car locks down and will not start for 10 minutes. While the driver moves the key back and forth to try to start it again, the lubrication is loosened up and the sensor can now read the key. But the car will not start until the system resets its self, which can be about 10 minutes.
I have no idea how to fix this problem. I am pretty sure it is some kind of security problem, because when I try to start the car the lock key light on the dashboard remains on.
Any Ideas on how to fix this? New ignition? Is there even a sensor in a 2006 Saturn Ion that reads the key, then turns the security system off, so it can be started?
Monday, December 15th, 2008 AT 1:56 PM